Practice with a research mind
This page is intended to serve the clinician as a bridge between current research and possible applications to manual therapy. In an effort to build this bridge, I am currently focusing on the combination of fascia research (with an emphasis on fluids), manual therapy and movement which attempt to interface with multiple body systems. The Fascia Research Society (of which am a Founding Member) exists to promote this bridge of information and is the most reliable source of current research information for fascia related topics. If you are interested in professional association with this organization click on this URL: https://fasciaresearchsociety.org/fascia-research-society-membership
For the time being I have chosen to focus on fascia research and fluids because, unless one is a Google search engine, it is probably not possible to be current with research on all body systems. This is not to say other systems are not important, but fascia and fluids are the most widely spread phenomena throughout the body and interact with every other system.
Generally I will not be making comments about how I view the application of this research in light of the manual therapy which I practice. Both applications and research are there for those who have eyes to see, minds to understand and hands to interface with the tissues.
Perhaps only surgeons know what the body’s interior really looks like in real time through direct in vivo experience. So unless you are a surgeon (and maybe even if you are) and unless you are flat broke (then hock one or several of your anatomy books) and get this one single DVD. Produced by Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, plastic/reconstructive surgeon of 35 plus years, it shows a system of the body that heretofore has been ignored, neglected and trashed by traditional anatomists to get to the “more important stuff.” With patient permission (some people will do anything to be on camera) and using an endoscope at 25-50x during actual surgery, Dr. Guimberteau shows the latest high definition portrayal of a virtually neglected fascial system. The surgeon refers to this system of fascia as the MVCAS (multimicrovacuolar collagenous (dynamic) absorbing system). His latest DVD, Interior Architectures, is easiest to buy here if you are in the USA: http://www.anatomytrains.com/store/dvds/interior-architectures/
Upon loading the DVD go immediately to minute 17 and play til the end of the video, then go back and review the rest. When you have more time watch the movie “Terminator.” You make the comparisons.
One of our locals, Dr. Gerald Pollack, of the UW (yes the Huskies!) has some current research on types of water in the body that I think is very pertinent for manual therapists whose practice utilizes the dynamics of fluids.
Read about it here: http://fasciaresearch.de/index.php/component/rsmail/message/?code=09e40caa2141f9546d00adf30e13a054
For manual therapists who network with fitness, yoga, Pilates oriented enthusiasts, observe the prior link above (just read down further) as well as this link to fascial fitness: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52170144/Terra-Rosa-eMagazine-Issue-7 If you continue down this page you will also encounter an interview with Dr. Jean-Claude Gimberteau who pioneered the MCVAS DVD referenced above.
There are many other endless links that could provide information but the ones above will get you started.
Practice with a research mind!